COVID-19 Information

Windsor Regional Hospital's COVID-19 Daily Update

Last Updated: September 25, 2022 at 12:01 p.m.

WRH COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE (SINCE MARCH 16, 2020)  

Total # seen in the Assessment Centre 179,643
Total # swabbed in the Assessment Centre 174,149
 

WRH IN-PATIENT COVID-19 CASES

Current total # of in-patients in the hospital, including the ICU, with confirmed COVID-19
(fully vaccinated) (partially vaccinated) (unvaccinated)
 32 (20) (1) (11)  
How many of the above in-patients # are being primarily treated for COVID-19
(fully vaccinated) (partially vaccinated) (unvaccinated)
20 (11) (1) (8)
Current total # of ICU in-patients with confirmed COVID-19
(fully vaccinated) (partially vaccinated) (unvaccinated)
(1) (0) (0)
How many of the above ICU # are being primarily treated for COVID-19
(fully vaccinated) (partially vaccinated) (unvaccinated)
(1) (0) (0)
Total # of patients deceased in the hospital from COVID-19 509
Unvaccinated is defined as not having any dose or between 0-13 days after administration of the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Partially vaccinated is defined as 14 days or more after the first dose of a 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine, or between 0-13 days after administration of the second dose

Fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days or more after receipt of the second dose of a 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Outbreaks have been declared on the following units:

MET CAMPUS

Unit
# of Patients
Impacted
Date of Onset
(or positive test)
in the last case
Date Outbreak
due to be Rescinded
6N (long stay medicine)69/13/20229/24/2022
4W (oncology) 4 9/20/2022 10/1/2022
 

OUELLETTE CAMPUS

Unit
# of Patients
Impacted
Date of Onset
(or positive test)
in the last case
Date Outbreak
due to be Rescinded
3N (mental health) 4 9/13/2022 9/24/2022

NOTE: This data is required to be submitted by WRH to the Ministry of Health. It does not identify the patient’s underlying age or health condition due to privacy concerns (ie immune-compromised etc) In addition, this data identifies those in the hospital who are COVID-19 positive and still infectious. Many patients remain in acute care post their infectious period and are not included in these numbers any longer. View provincial hospitalizations data here.

For the total number of Windsor and Essex County residents/patients testing positive for COVID-19 (which includes hospital(s) patients testing positive for COVID-19) go to Windsor Essex Public Health Information.

Vaccination

 

 

ESSENTIAL CAREGIVER REQUIREMENTS & RESTRICTIONS

EFFECTIVE at 12:01 am on July 1st, 2022, any Essential Caregiver of an in-patient or attendance with a patient for an out-patient procedure will be required to perform self-screening for the following:

  • Fever/chills
  • New/worse cough
  • New/worse shortness of breath
  • Decrease/loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 10 days
  • Exposure to a COVID-19 positive case in the previous 10 days (without a mask)
  • Have been told to quarantine by a physician, PHAC, CBSA or the Public Health unit

Visitors should be prepared to provide proof of:

  1. Their COVID-19 vaccination evidencing 14 days has passed since their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

    OR
  2. A negative community-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) or antigen test result taken within 3 days before their visit.

No visitation is allowed for patients with active confirmed or suspected COVID receiving an aerosol-generating procedure- Resolved cases may have Essential Caregivers as identified below. Limited exemptions are available for parents/guardians of a child with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

ESSENTIAL CAREGIVER RESTRICTIONS

EFFECTIVE July 1st, 2022 WRH will allow TWO essential caregivers at the bedside at a time within the allotted visitation.

For palliative patients, 2 essential caregivers at a time, may visit 24/7 4 essential caregivers at a time, 24/7 for a patient that is actively dying/end of life, or having a planned withdrawal of life support. This may include visitors less than 18 years of age when accompanied by an adult.

Some limitations may apply to the number of visitors allowed at one time based on the clinical space restrictions.

All visitors must wear a medical-grade mask at ALL times and in ALL areas of the hospital. If visitors do not have one they will be provided with a medical-grade mask at the entrance. Cloth masks by themselves will not be allowed.

All visitors may be required to eye protection while visiting a patient. Face shields will be provided to visitors on the unit if required. Please refer to our policy regarding these issues.

No visitation is allowed for patients with active confirmed or suspected COVID-19, that are receiving aerosol-generating medical procedures including but not exclusive to non-invasive ventilation (BiPAP, CPAP) or high flow oxygen (AIRVO, Optiflow) due to the extremely high risk to patients, staff, and visitors. Please refer to the nursing unit for clarification. Virtual visits for these patients will be supported using technology such as iPads. Resolved cases may have visitors as identified in this policy.

ESSENTIAL CAREGIVERS WILL BE RESTRICTED IF THEY:

  • Are under the age of 18, unless they are the parent/guardian of the patient or are accompanied by an adult visiting a palliative/end-of-life patient.
  • Are symptomatic
  • Have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days and have been advised to quarantine upon their arrival.
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 (and are not resolved cases)
  • Have had close contact with a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19
  • Have had close contact with a person with an acute respiratory illness who has been outside of Canada in the 14 days before their symptom onset

VISITATION HOURS

  • 10 am to 8 pm (except Critical Care units)
  • 10 am to 6 pm, and 8 pm to 10 pm (Critical Care units only)
  • For Mental Health and Renal Dialysis please see below

 

DEPARTMENT-SPECIFIC EXCEPTIONS:
  • Cancer Program - For scheduled outpatient cancer appointments with a provider, the patient may have two essential caregivers accompany them. For treatment appointments in the systemic therapy suite, for radiation therapy or to attend the Cancer Program Lab or Diagnostic Imaging, the patient may have one essential caregiver accompany them.
  • Emergency Department - 24 hours, one Essential Caregiver per patient- may not enter until the patient has been brought in from the waiting room unless the patient requires support due to cognitive, mobility or other disability or is pediatric- in this event, one Essential Caregiver may accompany in the ED waiting room. Department will contact when Essential Caregivers can enter.
  • Lab and Diagnostic Imaging - Patients with cognitive, mobility, or other disability, is pediatric or their appointment is after 1700 will be allowed one Essential Caregiver who will remain with the patient for the entire visit or in a space designated by the clinical team if a procedure requires it. Obstetrical and Cancer Program patients may have one essential caregiver attend for support.
  • Labour and Delivery/Postpartum care - Two essential caregivers may be at the bedside at a time, including the use of any private support services such as a doula (however, only 1 person is permitted during a C-Section delivery). Only one person (the primary support person) may stay at the bedside overnight in postpartum care (8:00 pm - 8:00 am).
  • Obstetrical Triage - One Essential Caregiver with a mom presenting to OB Triage.
  • Maternal Newborn Clinic/Women's Health Clinic - One Essential Caregiver with a mom going to scheduled appointments at the Maternal Newborn Clinic or Women's Health Clinic.
  • Paediatrics and NICU - For an ill newborn, child, or youth 2 identified Essential Caregivers for inpatients can come and go between 8 am - 8 pm and one of the identified caregivers can stay overnight between 8 pm and 8 am. For outpatients and day surgeries, two identified caregivers can accompany the patient. For inpatient pediatric patients that are COVID-19 positive, 2 identified caregivers may stay with the patient, however, it should be limited to 1 at a time, they must remain isolated in the patient room, and the selected caregivers must be from the same household.
  • Mental Health Department - Two Essential Caregivers may be chosen with 1 Essential Caregiver per patient for 30 minutes between 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. To avoid overcrowding in common areas, we have limited visitation to a maximum of 4 Essential Caregivers being allowed into 3N and 3S and a maximum of 2 Essential Caregivers into PICU at a time. Visits must take place in the designated common area and are not allowed in patient rooms.
  • Renal Dialysis Program - In-center dialysis - outpatients (Bell/JM/ESHC): 8:30 am - 10:00 am, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, and 7:00 - 8:30 pm (1 fully vaccinated Essential Caregiver per patient). In-patients in JM - to follow hospital visitation hours. Home Programs and MCKC - 1 fully vaccinated Essential Caregiver with patient per clinic visit.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE ABOVE

If the patient in labour is confirmed or suspected of COVID-19:

  • Only one Essential Caregiver may be with the patient throughout the patient's stay (no alternating Essential Caregivers)
  • The Essential Caregiver remains with the patient in the same physical environment throughout the care delivery
  • The clinical team is able to provide Essential Caregiver with a safe environment and teaching necessary for infection control
  • The Essential Caregiver is masked and reports to Public Health as they may be required to self-isolate, depending on test results

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COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE

The following people are eligible for molecular testing (PCR or rapid molecular testing):

SYMPTOMATIC people who fall into one of the following groups:

  • People aged 70 years and older
  • People aged 60 years and older who have less than three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • People who are immunocompromised
  • Adults aged 18 years and older who have had less than three doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have risk conditions:
    • obesity (BMI ≥ 30kg/m2)
    • diabetes
    • heart disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure
    • chronic respiratory disease, including cystic fibrosis
    • cerebral palsy
    • intellectual disability
    • sickle cell disease
    • moderate or severe kidney disease (eGFR <60mL/min)
    • moderate or severe liver disease (e.g., Child-Pugh Class B or Cirrhosis)
  • Other people at higher risk of a severe disease who may be eligible for COVID-19 treatment if they tested positive
  • Pregnant people
  • Patient-facing healthcare workers
  • Staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors in the highest risk settings
    • Highest risk settings include hospitals (including complex continuing care facilities and paramedic services), and congregate living settings with medically and socially vulnerable individuals, including, but not limited to long-term care homes, retirement homes, First Nation eldercare lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, correctional institutions, and hospital schools.
  • Household members of staff in highest risk settings and patient-facing healthcare workers
  • Home and community care workers
  • Staff and students in Provincial and Demonstration Schools
  • Elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
  • International Agriculture Workers in congregate living settings
  • Patients seeking emergency medical care, at the discretion of the treating clinician
  • Other outpatients for whom a diagnostic test is required for clinical management, at the discretion of the treating clinician
  • People who are under-housed or experiencing homelessness
  • First responders, including fire, police and paramedics

 

SYMPTOMATIC/ASYMPTOMATIC people:
  • Individuals who are from a First Nation, Inuit, Métis community, and/or who self-identify as First Nation, Inuit, and Métis, and their household members
  • Individuals travelling into First Nation, Inuit, Métis communities for work
  • On admission/transfer to or from the hospital or congregate living setting
  • People in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in the highest risk settings as directed by the local public health unit
  • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
  • Any patient with a scheduled surgical procedure requiring a general anaesthetic 24-48 hours prior to the procedure date
  • Newborns born to people with confirmed COVID-19 at the time of birth within 24 hours of delivery, with a repeat test at 48 hours after birth if the baseline test is negative, or if the parental test results are pending at the time of discharge
  • People 24-48 hours prior to treatment for cancer or prior to hemodialysis, at the discretion of the treating clinician

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PATIENT, VISITOR, AND STAFF SCREENING

Windsor Regional Hospital is limiting entrances and screening all individuals entering the hospital.

All staff are encouraged to download the staff screening app to complete the screening form and receive clearance before coming to work. 

READ MORE & VIEW ACCESS MAPS

 
 

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:

Learn more about the vaccine and how it can help protect you and your family from COVID-19.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

If I am informed I am positive what will I be asked to do?

SELF ISOLATE
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places.
  • Stay home unless you require urgent medical care.
  • Do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares.

Avoid contact with others

  • As much as possible, stay in a separate room away from other people in your home and use a separate bathroom if you have one.
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others at all times.
  • No visitors unless essential (e.g., care providers); inform them you are positive.
  • Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (e.g., open windows).

Keep your distance

  • If you are in a room with other people, keep a distance of at least 2 metres and wear a mask or face covering that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Anyone in the same room as you should wear a mask.

 

SYMPTOM MONITORING:
  • Keep track of your symptoms including the date each symptom started and resolved.
  • Seek medical care if your symptoms worsen; call 911 if you have difficulty breathing.

 

COMPILE A LIST OF PLACES VISITED & PEOPLE CASE WAS IN CLOSE CONTACT WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS
(include dates and times where possible):
  • All places visited (work, school, restaurant, travel, social gatherings, etc.)
  • Include addresses if possible.
  • Include all household members (including roommates, care providers in the home, etc.)
  • Identify individuals that spent more than 15 minutes with the case and less than 2 metres distance, while not wearing personal protective equipment (e.g., mask and eye protection).

How has WRH prepared for COVID-19?

Windsor Regional Hospital continues to monitor developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, including staying up to date on the latest guidelines and information from Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and our local Public Health unit. We remain vigilant in protecting our staff, patients, and visitors through rigorous infection and prevention controls, including screening of patients upon arrival for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and the implementation of visitor restrictions.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19, and what should I do to prevent the spread of the illness?

Please see the links below:

When should I seek medical care?

If you are an otherwise healthy individual and are not experiencing any serious symptoms, do NOT come to the hospital emergency department to check whether you have contracted COVID-19. Coming to the ED risks transmitting the virus to others.

Most cases of the coronavirus tend to be mild, contact your primary care provider, medical clinic or the Windsor-Essex Public Health Unit:

  • Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada if you plan on traveling to Windsor and Essex County.
  • Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
  • Call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 (24 hours, seven days a week).

EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS IN ADULTS:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion Severe or persistent vomiting

You should call your health care provider immediately if you experience these symptoms and you:

  • are pregnant;
  • have heart or lung disease;
  • have any other chronic health problem that requires regular medical attention;
  • live in a remote or isolated community;
  • are elderly or frail; or
  • have an illness or are receiving treatments - for example, for diabetes, cancer, or HIV/AIDS - that might affect your immune system.

What if my child seems very sick?

Call for emergency care or take your child to a doctor right away if your child (of any age) has any of the warning or emergency signs below:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids (not going to the bathroom or not making as much urine as they normally do)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
  • Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma) and develops flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Surgical masks are provided at all screening desks.  Every patient and visitor will be asked to wear a mask upon entry to the hospital.  

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Guidance On Personal Protective Equipment and Ethical Frameworks

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines, Treatment of In-Patients, LTC Residents and Healthcare Workers

LTC Homes and Hospital Staff Placement

COVID-19 HR Recommendations

St. Clair Campus

Town Hall Meetings

COVID-19 Town Hall Update - March 13, 2020

President and CEO David Musyj and VP Karen Riddell provide an update to WRH staff on the efforts to protect the public, patients, and staff from the potential transmission of COVID-19.

View speaking notes from the event.

 

Update on Internal and External COVID-19 Preparations: March 4, 2020

Documents

Coping With COVID